PHD POSITIONS IN AVIAN GENOMICS, SPECIATION, AND COMPARATIVE PHYLOGEOGRAPHY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO.

Multiple Ph.D. positions are available in the Weir Lab (http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~jweir/) for students with bioinformatic, genomic, or field skills. Our lab uses genomic and comparative methods to address broad scale questions related to speciation and the pace of evolution in tropical versus temperate faunas.

Ph.D. student positions are available for:

1) Genomic analyses of avian hybrid zones in Amazonian or Canadian birds.

2) Genomic analysis of reproductive isolation in a recently discovered avian hybrid species from the Amazon.

3) Conservation genomics and phylogeography of New Zealand kiwi.

4) Comparative phylogeography and population genomics across multiple co-distributed avian species complexes to better understand biogeographic drivers of diversification in boreal or Amazonian regions.

The positions would begin in September 2018 and would involve field work (collecting genetic samples in the Amazon of Peru or Brazil), lab work (generating genetic data sets using next generation sequencing methods that sample broadly across the genome), and bioinformatic analyses (mining genomic data).

In addition, students can pursue graduate projects in any of the key research areas of the lab and exceptional students may wish to pursue their own projects.

Students would be enrolled in the Graduate program of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. If interested, please send Dr. Jason Weir (jason.weir at utoronto.ca) a statement of interest, a CV and an electronic copy of your transcripts. External sources of funding (e.g. fellowships) are generally required for international students (many Latin American countries as well as the EU and USA offer these).

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Proposals for 2018 CSEE conference symposia

The organizing committee of the 2018 annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) is inviting proposals for conference symposia. The symposia will be distributed over three days, from Thursday July 18th-Saturday July 21st, 2018, with the conference to be held on the campus of the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

If you are interested in organizing a symposium, please submit the following information by November 15, 2017:

1.   Title

2.  Description of symposium (100-200 words)

3.  List of suggested speakers, their affiliations, tentative presentation titles and an indication of whether the speaker has confirmed their participation.

All submissions should be sent to CSEE2018 program committee, via asm@uoguelph.ca.

Proposals will be evaluated by the program committee on the basis of subject, proposed speakers, and potential interest for conference attendees. Acceptance notifications will be sent out one month after the application deadline (December 15th).

Please note, we will be giving the successful symposium applicants the flexibility to structure their own combination of 15 and 30 minute talks. For example, there can be collections of 30 minute talks, 15 minute talks, or combinations of the two. Final decisions on talk combinations must be submitted to the CSEE2018 program committee by January 15th.

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PhD project on amphibian disease ecology

Institution: Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (www.trentu.ca)

Co-supervisors: Dennis Murray (http://www.dennismurray.ca); David Lesbarreres (http://gearg.jimdo.com/people/head/)

We are initiating a PhD project to assess responses of amphibians to chytrid and/or frog virus #3 (i.e., ranavirus) infection. These pathogens are contributing to the global decline in amphibians, and there is increasing concern over their effect on larval amphibians either across strains of the pathogens themselves (which are known to have different levels of virulence), or through synergistic interactions with other environmental stressors (e.g., contaminants, food limitation, predation risk). Our recent investigations in this area highlight the opportunity to test fundamental questions in disease ecology, host-parasite coevolution, and conservation biology via experimental, field and molecular techniques. The PhD student will have the opportunity to develop specific research questions within the scope of the larger project.

The funding package includes a competitive stipend, foreign tuition waiver (if the student is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) as well coverage of all research expenses. Successful candidates will have an MSc in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field, demonstrated evidence of peer-reviewed publications, strong quantitative, genetics, and/or field skills, and an interest in working collaboratively as part of a larger group. The PhD student will join the Integrative Wildlife Conservation laboratory at Trent University (www.dennismurray.ca) and be part of an interdisciplinary team addressing innovative solutions to environmental change (www.create-enviro.ca).

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcript, and contact information for 3 references, to: Dennis Murray (dennismurray@trentu.ca) and David Lesbarreres (dlesbarreres@laurentian.ca). The successful candidate will begin enrolment at Trent University by January or May 2018, and we will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found, so apply early.

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Graduate Research Opportunity, Lake Carbon Biogeochemistry and Metabolism

Start date: Winter – Spring 2018

Location: Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

A graduate assistantship is available to carry out either a Master’s or Ph.D. thesis in the Aquatic Ecology Group of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). The project will be associated to the NSERC-funded L-CARE (Landscape Carbon Accumulation Through Reductions in Emissions) Project, to the UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Change (www.ceeg.uqam.ca), and to the Industrial Research Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry in Boreal Aquatic Systems (CarBBAS, http://www.carbbas.uqam.ca/). The research project will focus on linking lake greenhouse gas emissions, organic C dynamics and ecosystem metabolism to watershed features, and to determine the role of lakes ecosystems in the regional carbon budgets across the boreal regions of Northern Ontario and Québec. The project will involve the combination of approaches, including in situ point and continuous gas, chemical and physical measurements, optical, isotopic and chemical characterization of organic matter, a wide range of process measurements, GIS and landscape modeling measurements. Applicants interested in limnology, aquatic C biogeochemistry, and ecosystem and landscape ecology are encouraged to apply. Our students are part of a highly dynamic, diverse and multidisciplinary aquatic group in the Département des sciences biologiques of the UQÀM, with expertise ranging from nutrient and C biogeochemistry, modeling, to plankton and fish ecology. The UQÀM is a francophone university, but graduate students have a choice of courses and can submit their theses in English. Interested students should send a letter of introduction, academic resume, and the names of two references, to Yves Prairie (prairie.yves@uqam.ca) or Paul del Giorgio (del_giorgio.paul@uqam.ca). E-mail enquiries and applications are welcome. Starting date: Winter – Spring 2018.

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Salmon Watersheds Lab Database Project Manager

The Salmon Watersheds Lab (Jon Moore at SFU) is seeking somebody that can help organize, process, and archive long-term data on salmon/steelhead.

We are collaborating with Provincial scientists with support from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC to organize, enter, and archive data on salmon and steelhead from the Keogh River of northern Vancouver Island. The Keogh River has been well-studied for over 40 years, representing an amazing wealth of information and data. The goal is to create an organized database that enables retrospective analyses and provides a template for on-going data.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in ecology and/or management of natural resources, have a high attention to detail and be extremely organized, and have experience with electronic data organization (spreadsheets, relational databases).

Approximate start date: late October 2017
Appointment: Full time (35 hr/week), salary commensurate with experience
Appointment length: 6-month term with possibility of extension.
Location: Salmon Watersheds Lab, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

More information about the job and our research group can be found at:
www.jonwmoore.org/keogh-database-project-manager

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PhD and MSc positions in Conservation Science at University of Northern British Columbia

The Integrated Forest Decisions Lab at the University of Northern British Columbia is now seeking two PhD students and two MSc students to undertake theses in the areas of:

1)         Conservation planning. Research in this theme seeks to test existing approaches and develop novel methods for systematic conservation planning in temperate and northern ecosystems.

2)         Cumulative impacts. Research in this theme seeks to elucidate the ecological responses of species and ecosystems to cumulative environmental impacts.

These are general themes, and students will have the latitude to refine their projects based on their interests.

Ideal students will have a strong quantitative background, a passion for biodiversity conservation and ecological sustainability, and a desire to work as part of a team in a collaborative setting. In addition to a background in the ecological sciences, valuable skills for this work are: programming, statistics and R, working with big data, high level GIS experience. Students will receive a living and tuition stipend and access to departmental scholarships.

Expressions of interest should be made by September 30th for a January 2018 start and by October 30th for a May or September 2018 start.

Contact Oscar Venter at oscar.venter at unbc dot ca to discuss further.

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Postdoc position in macro ecology and conservation at the University of Northern British Columbia

The Integrated Forest Decisions Lab seeks a postdoctoral fellow for a NASA funded project mapping change in global forest integrity over time, and linking this change to biodiversity trends.

The project team involves investigators from University of Northern British Columbia (Oscar Venter), NASA (Cindy Schmidt), the United Nations Development Program (Jamison Ervin), Wildlife Conservation Society (James Watson), Montana State University (Andrew Hansen), University of Maryland (Matthew Hansen) and Arizona State University (Scott Goetz and Patrick Jantz). The results of this project will inform the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans in 6 partner countries (Columbia, Indonesia, Brazil, DRC, Vietnam, Ecuador).

The postdoc will join the IFD lab for two years, contributing to the project by updating the global human footprint map (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/human-footprint-map-ecological-impact/) with the latest datasets, as well as investigate empirical links between biodiversity trends and measures of the Human Footprint and forest integrity. Opportunities will be available for independent projects on related topics, as well as supervising graduate students with overlapping interests.

Ideal candidates will have a passion for biodiversity conservation and a desire to contribute to real world conservation outcomes, as well as enjoy working as part of a team in a collaborative setting. In addition to a background in the ecological sciences, the successful candidate will have some combination of skills in: programming, statistics and R, working with big data, high level GIS.

Position details: Salary is $55K CND/year, term is 2 years, based in Prince George BC, Canada.

To apply, email a cover letter, CV, and contact details for three references in a single pdf file to Dr. Oscar Venter at oscar.venter@ unbc. ca. For questions, contact Dr Venter.

Review of applications will begin 30 September 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

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PhD Opportunity – Trent University: Climate change and shorebird breeding ecology in the Hudson Bay Lowlands, Ontario

One Ph.D. project is available as part of an initiative to improve understanding of how climate change may affect the habitat and ecology of shorebirds breeding in the Hudson Bay Lowlands. This is a great opportunity to directly support wildlife conservation and management and gain experience on a collaborative project with a government agency (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry).

The project will use existing datasets (shorebird nesting, climate, aerial imagery, and remotely sensed products) and new field sampling to assess habitat selection and relationships among variation in climate/weather, the availability of preferred habitat features, and observed patterns in nest site selection and breeding success. The study area is in the Coastal Hudson Bay Lowland Ecoregion, and field work will be based at the Burntpoint Research Station in Polar Bear Provincial Park, Ontario. Target species may include one or more species of shorebirds (e.g. Whimbrel, Dunlin, and Semipalmated plover).

The student will be enrolled in the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program, Trent University, and under the co-supervision of Dr. Glen Brown and Dr. Erica Nol. The project will begin January, 2018.

Salary:

A minimum stipend of $22, 000 per year for three years will be provided (includes a Teaching Assistantship).

Qualifications:

Candidates should have a solid background in ecology and an aptitude for statistical and spatial analysis (including geographic information systems and imagery processing), as well as the ability to conduct laborious field work in remote areas for extended periods of time. A willingness to become licensed in firearm use is also required. Prospective students should meet the minimum requirements for admission to the PhD program and possess an 80% average in last two years of undergraduate courses.

Prospective students should send a letter of interest, a CV, unofficial transcripts, and the names of two references to Dr. Glen Brown (glen.brown@ontario.ca).

 

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Predator-Prey Interactions Gordon Conference: Registration now open

Third Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions
January 28 – February 2, 2018, Ventura, California
http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=16781
2018 Theme:”Scaling Across Space and Time”

Gordon Research Conferences are recognized as the “world’s premier scientific conferences”, where leading investigators from around the globe meet biennially for a full week of intense discussion of the frontier research in their field. We have an outstanding list of confirmed speakers and contributors (below). Our meeting is capped at 200 people, and filling up fast… so please register soon!

The neurobiology of responses to risk in individual prey can, when aggregated across a population, profoundly affect surrounding ecosystems. Similarly, researchers are increasingly aware of how quickly selection and epigenetic forces can shift prey phenotypes and alter future interactions with predators. In both cases, the connections between small-scale (within an individual or at a single point in time) and large-scale (across ecosystems or generations) processes illustrate how exploring the ‘linkage map’ of predator-prey interactions across scales can identify new fields of research and synergize the collaborations necessary to address them. We have targeted the most exciting advances in predator-prey work across multiple fields, with each speaker agreeing to share their latest unpublished findings. In order to encourage active participation from everyone at the conference, all attendees are strongly encouraged to present a poster on their work.

The complete program is available, along with further details concerning registration, at our website (http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=16781).

Sessions and Confirmed Speakers

Predator-prey interactions in the field and lab
Joel Berger, Caroline Blanchard (speakers)
Jacqueline Blundell & Evan Preisser (discussion leaders)

Evolutionary underpinnings of predator-prey interactions
John Orrock, Catherine Matassa, Robyn Crook, Robby Stoks (speakers)
Sonny Bleicher (discussion leader)

Predators at the landscape level
Elizabeth Madin, Trisha Atwood, Stephanie Periquet
Shelby Rinehart (discussion leader)

Prey responses to predator cues
Ted Stankowich, Grant Brown, William Resetarits, Mark Berry
Adam Crane (discussion leader)

Neural responses to predators
Gwyneth Card, Rupshi Mitra, Cornelius Gross
Newton Canteras (discussion leader)

Neurobiology of fear
Ken Lukowiak, Arun Asok, Gal Richter-Levin, Marta Moita
Wen Han Tong (discussion leader)

Carnivores in natural and managed landscapes
Doug Smith, Justin Suraci, Mathew Crowther
Rebecca Selden (discussion leader)

Transgenerational impacts of stress
Tracy Langkilde, Michael Sheriff, Brian Dias, Regina Sullivan
Michael Clinchy (discussion leader)

Past, present, and future directions in fear and predator-prey research
James Estes, Liana Zanette
Maud Ferrari & Ajai Vyas (discussion leaders)-

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